Someone at work was asking me about my blog and my site. They seemed really fascinated that there are people that take Halloween so seriously. I mentioned that my blog gets a ton of hits during the season and that I get a lot of emails from all over the country (which currently I'm having a very hard time keeping up with [very sorry]). So she asks "Are they mostly devil worshippers?" Kinda stunned. Kinda surprised. But she's serious, so I figured I should address the issue in a calm and orderly manner. I told her that the whole Satanic side of Halloween is really just a big myth. That Haunters, in fact, actually stay away from Satanic imagery for the most part. I recall reading once on a forum a discussion about incorporating Hell and the Devil into a display and the general consensus was that it was bad news and not something that'd be popular in a neighborhood haunt. Some people even said that they personally would have a problem featuring Satan in their display. So it seems that it's just the opposite from the perceived notions of evil and Satanic symbols being one and the same with celebrating Halloween. Being pretty far from the Bible Belt, I'm still really surprised that the question was even asked, though I'm glad she asked it, because she seemed to accept my answer (or she just figured I was covering for my Dark Lord and Master).
For the record: I think images of Hell and the Devil are something that should be fair game for a Halloween display. Torches and red flood lights and horned beings - it'd be fantastic. And definitely something I could see doing at some point in the future.
Hell on Earth.